Focus
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Smyrna Community Center

200 Village Green Circle

Smyrna, GA  30080

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THE

TEAM

KENDALL FICKLIN

His clients say, “He’s a game changer.” His friends say, “He’s always on FIRE.” His family says, “He’s a great husband, father and friend.” Kendall says, “I just want to engage, inspire, impact and activate people to walk in their passion and purpose.

Kendall is a rising force in the field of personal and professional development.  His coaching and communication style is raw, impacting and highly interactive. He has a gift for connecting, motivating and empowering those he comes in contact with.  His powerful words captivate his audiences and always leave a lasting memory.

With over 15 years of experience in coaching, consulting, training and public speaking, Kendall is one of the most sought-after speakers for inspiring and activating student and parent populations in America. His own life experiences have prepared him well and have made him an expert in his field. his transparency, honesty and heart-felt desire to inspire people to achieve greatness are what set Kendall apart.

Kendall regularly conducts keynote addresses, team building sessions for corporate clients, professional development workshops for educators, parental engagement seminars and “hard-hitting, no-nonsense” student empowerment sessions.

Kendall is the author of three books including “Rise & Grind: Good Isn’t Good Enough”, “Ladies Rise & Grind: Empowering and Inspiring you to AMAZING” and his latest book, “Your Work Has To Match Your Want: The Students Guide To GREATNESS.”

Visit Kendall’s website to get more information www.kendallficklin.com

 

VANS NELSON

Vans is a senior leader that has held many strategic leadership roles with organizations such as PEPSICO, YUM Brands, The HoneyBaked Ham Co., ARG, and United Way. Vans has an extensive track record for growing Sales and EBITDA in his +20 years in the industry. He has managed businesses with +$300 Million in Revenue and over 10,000 employees.


Vans leads strategies in a variety of disciplines including Operations, B2B Sales, Marketing, Training, Franchisee Leadership, Supply Chain, and Finance.

While Vans’ leadership impact has been celebrated, he finds his true reward in giving back, particularly in the areas of developing/mentoring our youth. Vans has spearheaded corporate community partnerships with organizations such as Workforce Atlanta and Hosea Feed the Hungry. Vans has also worked with other non-profit organizations such as United Way and Atlanta Union Mission. He also serves his community by coaching youth football, basketball, and baseball.

 

Vans’ impressive career is hallmarked by his passion to empower the people around him to succeed. Colleagues and clients alike recognize Vans for his instinctive ability to identify the unique qualities of individuals and create ways to synchronize their diverse talents to build winning teams. Vans has developed many “Future Leaders” programs for different organizations. This eventually spurred the vision and purpose for Core Truth.

 

At Core Truth, our mission is to improve our communities by impacting the lives of today’s youth. Helping them become productive, responsible citizens in the communities in which they live and engage. Our programs and services are designed to promote self-love, build confidence, empowerment, leadership, and encourage personal accountability.

 

GORDON ROSS

Gordon has been active in the Smyrna community since relocating from Chicago in 2000. While in Chicago, Gordon held several senior leadership positions with Westin Hotels and Resorts and InterContinental Hotels Group. He also held several corporate board positions, mentored students and professionals and was a regular speaker at area colleges and universities. Gordon was also a Guest Lecturer at Cornell University School of Hotel Management.

 

Gordon retired from InterContinental Hotels Group as Vice President of Human Resources in 2008. At IHG, Gordon oversaw human resources responsibilities for over 100 hotels in the United States, Canada and Aruba. During his nearly 30-year career, Gordon has been responsible for hiring, developing, mentoring and promoting numerous minorities and women to higher level leadership and executive positions, both domestic and abroad.

 

Since retiring, Gordon spent six years as a Life Skills and Personal Development Trainer for Literacy Action, Inc. In addition, Gordon serves as President of the Smyrna Basketball Association. SBA is a youth developmental and recreational basketball program that promotes “Books B4 Baskets” and recognizes academic excellence as the program’s highest achievement.

Gordon remains committed to the mission of providing important career and life skills training and development and HR consulting services that result in improved personal and professional growth and career success for students, adults, managers and executives.

 

A family man, Gordon enjoys traveling, cars, and spending time with his two children.

APRIL NELSON

April began a career in the mortgage financing business before committing her time to raising her family full time in 2005.  Before leaving the business sector, April opened and managed two branch offices for Raintree Mortgage and Camelot Realty Services in the metro Atlanta area.  Her leadership responsibilities were to provide training, supervision and serve as a team leader.  She worked in partnership with the United State Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist in educating new home buyers in the process of home ownership.

After transitioning from the corporate world, April decided to follow her passion and get involved in youth development.  April acquired a certification in Child Development Associate (CDA) from The Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute.  She opened a summer educational bridge camp to help with academic retention for preschool and elementary school students.  April is also involved with the youth in her community by serving as a Smyrna Basketball Association board member. She enjoys volunteering her time to various non-profit organizations that focus on youth development and community out-reach programs like Core Truth, Reality U, Focus on Your Future, and Hosea Feed the Hungry.

April’s passion is to take a holistic approach to empowering young women of middle and high school ages through peer mentoring, leadership opportunities, and community service.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 

Kimberly Franklin

Kimberly Franklin is a Cross-Functional Human Resources Professional specializing in HRIS management with a track record of success in improving service levels, reducing operational overhead, cost savings and spearheading large-scale client projects and program. She is a Senior Service Relationship Manager at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) where she is responsible for managing expectations within the client organization and the GlobalView (GV) Client Services team to ensure service delivery requirements are understood and achieved by all parties. Her primary focus is to have a thorough understanding of GV client's business in order to effectively influence the strategic direction of their current and future needs.

She is the Co-Founder of Women in Healing Grace LLC., a group that focuses on the healing and growth for women of all denominations.  She is a member of the Northwest Georgia Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, an advocacy group that promotes its national and international agendas on leadership development and gender equity in health, education and economic development for women and children.  She also serves as the Honor Stars Sponsor for Mpact Girls Ministries, which is an achievement-based program that utilized badges and awards as tools to motivate and disciple girls between the ages of 10 and 12 that are seeking a deeper relationship with Christ through The Church at Chapel Hill Douglasville Campus. Kimberly is also one of the founders of The Grace + Grit Experience which is a group of diverse women committed to using their gifts, grace and grit to bring spiritual, personal and professional development information to women seeking to expand their reach and presence in their individual worlds.

Kimberly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from National Louis University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is currently working towards receiving her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification through Kennesaw State University. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

 

Kimberly resides in the Vinings Area of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their 3 children. In her free time Kimberly enjoys reading, traveling and time with family and friends. Her favorite quote is “Who You are is Greater than What you Do ~ Dr. Sam Chand”